posted on Feb, 24 2011 @ 06:42 PM
After reading the op, and the actual article, it does raise several questions that should be asked and answers also need to be forthcoming. The
question should be asked, if this had been an event for a Baptist or some other Christian church, would the same requirements have been placed on the
police department and the captain? Were the officers who were to attend, and represent the police department, to be paid or done on their own time?
And could it have been used to promote a healthy working relationship in a particular community? If this event was not religious in nature, then why
was it to be held at a Mosque? And as part of the activities, that there would be presentations on beliefs, which is clearly religious in nature,
along with watching a Muslim Prayer Service? Under that guise, it would be considered, as part of a religious event, and to ask people to show up,
would not be correct. If the flyer also stated, that it is up to you, then it would indicate as being optional, and should not require that there be
any sort of police presence.
The spokesman from CAIR is wrong in that aspect, as the choice to participate in a community outreach, is not governed by law, and stating such is not
phobic in nature nor bias, it is a choice, that the Captain made. His words could have been chosen much more carefully, but it is his belief. Just
cause a person works for the police, or is a teacher, or even a person on the street, or even a politician, does not mean that they are not entitled
to their opinion, or belief. And tolerance needs to be a two way street, where the Islamic community demands tolerance, they should be equally
tolerant towards other people. Compelling and ordering someone to be at a place, means that they would have to be paid to be there, or else it is a
violation of their rights under the law.
Religious beliefs when it comes to the work place, should never enter into the workplace, unless it is a part of the workplace. That means that a
person who works, in an establishment, that is highly religious, is expected to participate in the beliefs in that job. But when it comes to being a
public official, or working in 99% of the jobs out there, then religion can not be a part of the workplace, as someone is going to be offended by
something, and religion is too convenient of an excuse of not to do a job. Having a belief and being faithful is fine, when it is on a persons
private time, but on the clock it is not. As with most groups that hold celebrations, they like to know that the police is there to support them, and
a presence should be there, if nothing more than to foster good relations. As with other celebrations of this kind, it is usually on a voluntary
basis, with the persons present in full uniform. Normally it is understood that the persons present are there to represent the public service sector
and put it in a good light, as well as to foster good community relations. But it is never forced. Should it come to forcing a person to go to an
event where they are not wanting to be, there is no guarantee that they will show up, or even give the respect that some of these event should
require. The laws that are on the books, govern activity of the people, and there has never been a law that governs inactivity by anyone. This
should remain constant and hopefully will clear up.
On a personal note, it is hoped that the Captain who was fired, does win his case of wrongful termination, along with possibly suing CAIR for
defamation of character and slander, as there is no indication that the Captain is a bigot.